WTC Kayak

Wilmington Trail Club
Susquehanna River

The recreational/touring kayak training is designed as a three course progression that takes the kayaker from paddling on a pond or lake to paddling on moving water. Recreational/ Touring kayaks are suitable for this training. All courses must be taken in order; however, you may choose to discontinue training at any point.


Training Registration


Required Safety Session
    • This course is completed with the whitewater group and is designed to provide students a general overview of the two disciplines of kayaking and to train them how to safely execute a kayak wet exit. The student will also be asked to demonstrate an ability to swim by completing one length of the pool. Any student unable to make this session must coordinate with the club to complete the required safety training at a Sunday morning pool session or via another option.
    • Dates and times are provided here.
Essentials of Kayaking

    • Dates and times are provided here.
    • Day 1: Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely, potential hazards and simple rescues. A paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water.
    • Day 2: This course is designed to give students tools to travel down a slow moving river.
In addition to the training programs listed above, we provide graduates follow-up with club paddling trips that give you a chance to safely practice your newly learned skills under the supervision of WTC experienced paddlers. Paddling trips are maintained on the WTC paddling calendar.

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